Mario Bunge on Gravitational Waves and the Reality of Spacetime

Foundations of Science 23 (2):405-409 (2018)

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Gustavo E. Romero
Universidad Nacional de La Plata
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I discuss the recent claims made by Mario Bunge on the philosophical implications of the discovery of gravitational waves. I think that Bunge is right when he points out that the detection implies the materiality of spacetime, but I reject his identification of spacetime with the gravitational field. I show that Bunge’s analysis of the spacetime inside a hollow sphere is defective, but this in no way affects his main claim.
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